In continuing to research history of Albuquerque’s electric trolley/street car 1905-1928, perhaps the biggest “aha” aside from the obvious “cars killed it” angle is the very, very non-public ownership of the street car. Above is a fairly typical ad of the street car period from the ad/newspaper-prolific George Roslington and folks from “City Electric.” “City… Read More ABQ Street Car Advertisement, 1915
Rail Runner, the 2nd best transportation deal in town, is getting a bit better. While it’s hard to compete with totally free ABQ Ride bus fares in 2022, Rio Metro has already reduced train fares to the point where I paid 50 cents to ride from Downtown ABQ to Sandia Pueblo last Sunday and an… Read More Rail Runner Expands Service a Bit
Note: With Mayor Keller announcing imminent closure of Coronado Park, here’s a repost of our June 2020 look at the Park’s history, in particular how the ~1960 placement of I-40 directly next to it changed the park and the surrounding neighborhoods. Carlos Moody was murdered Monday at Coronado Park by Jeremy Garcia (allegedly). Mr. Garcia… Read More I-40 and ABQ’s Ill-Fated Coronado Park
From the Albuquerque Journal of January 22, 1923 comes this advertisement promoting the “Sixth Annual Auto Show.” In short: Driving keeps farmers’ wives sane and enables tuberculosis sufferers to work full-time.
Recent thoughts about cycling/e-cycling up the hill from Downtown to I-25 and points east have me looking back through some research I’ve been doing on the Albuquerque Street Car/Trolley 1905-1928. My favorite newspaper find so far is a February 16, 1911 Albuquerque Morning Journal depiction of the very first run of the “Highlands” line. While… Read More ABQ’s Street Car and That Hill East From Downtown
Was cycling this turn the other day, you know the one, from Edith eastbound up the “East Mesa” on Coal to I-25. So, I make the turn and start puffing my way up the hill. A few seconds into my puff, a young woman passes me on an e-cargo bike. It’s not loaded, but I… Read More E-Bike Thoughts on Coal Ave. Eastbound